Advisor of the Constitutional Court expands knowledge in matters of the European Union law


From 1 to 12 July, Elīna Semeņuka, the Advisor of the Constitutional Court, took several general and specialised study courses of the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy.

The general study course on the contractual law of the European Union was given by Martijn W.Hesselink, Professor at the University of Amsterdam. In this study course, the Court’s Advisor attended lectures and participated in discussions on the harmonisation of private law in the European Union as well as examined the main issues of European contractual law from the perspective of leading contemporary political theories.

The specialised courses offered to the Advisor the possibility to upscale knowledge in the relevant aspects of data protection law. Lectures on cross-border protection of privacy, supervision of data protection, algorithms and automated decision making, legality issues of data-based technologies as well as the importance of data basis in the functioning of the European internal security programmes were given by globally recognised scholars of law. The study course was concluded by a lecture given by Gerard Hogan, the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The Advisor admitted that the knowledge she gained and experience sharing with other participants of the study courses would be useful in performing her duties of office.

In the previous years, Justices and employees of the Constitutional Court already had participated in the general and specialised study courses organised by the Academy of European Law on human rights.

On the European University Institute

EUI is an institution of higher education, which, on the basis of an international convention, was established in 1972 with the aim of promoting research on the highest level in the fields that are of special importance for the development of Europe. Since 1976, EUI is offering also a research platform as well as a number of doctoral and post-doctoral study programmes. Currently, EUI has 22 member states. Latvia also joined it in June 2012.

The Advisor of the Constitutional Court Elīna Semeņuka. Foto: Personal archive of Elīna Semeņuka